June 13, 2008
By Darren Shimp
It is hard enough for every-day college students to get through what is generally four years of college in four years. Many take the five-year route, sometimes longer.
Former Eastern Washington University cross country and track star Camille Moseley completed her bachelor's degree in health education in 12 terms, and was an outstanding student while doing so. She will be among the 2,266 graduates at commencement ceremonies taking place Saturday (June 14) at EWU's Woodward Field.
During those 12 quarters, the Ellensburg, Wash., native also managed to put her name all over the Eagle record books. This past May, she broke a nine-year-old record in the 1,500 meters at the Steve Scott Invitational in Irvine, Calif., with a glowing time of 4:30.33.
She also ranks second in school history in the 5,000 with a time of 16:44.09, which ranks only behind her teammate Mattie Bridgmon. Moseley placed in the top 12 a total of 10 times at Big Sky Conference Championship events, including four times in the top eight.
On the field accomplishments aside, what is amazing about Moseley is the fact she mustered an exceptional grade point average of 3.77 which netted her 12 appearances on the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team -- four each in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track. She also was EWU's female recipient of the Big Sky Conference Scholar-Athlete Award for the 2007-08 academic school year.
Despite being such an outstanding example, her humility remains strong on how she was able to accomplish so much in four years.
"I don't know how I did it," said Moseley, whose course load never shied away from a large class load. A lot of student-athletes take a lighter load during their season, but with Moseley's season seemingly never-ending, that was not an option.
"I always took between 15-18 credits, except this year because I was running out of classes to take," said Moseley. "I had a major load until my major was done."
Moseley admitted the key word is "balance." Being able to balance her time in the classroom and on the track would put her on the right path to success.
"It came down to how I viewed my priorities," said Moseley. "I'd go to practice, but I knew I had to do everything for the classroom too. I wanted to do well in both track and school."
Another hurdle of Moseley's journey has also been balancing her life with her husband, who still has time remaining to complete his education at Eastern. The couple recently moved to South Spokane, where they are caretaking for an older couple. Moseley grew up on a farm, and looks forward to being back in a familiar environment.
"At some point we are going to want a family," said Moseley. "But we're not really sure when. I hope to be coaching track some day."